Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July, 2001

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Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
Additional information
Dwelling Units
Water Closets
Note: Review the section on Bathrooms before this section to obtain information on the VCA that is applicable here. 
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These illustrations show a typical water closet in a NYCHA accessible unit. 


Exactly 18 in. O.C. at the water closet is sometimes difficult to achieve because of the  existing location of the drain.  In the most recent standards, a range of 16-18 in. is allowed and this tolerance should be acceptable in NYCHA housing.  

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Figure 1

Is there adequate clear space provided at the toilet in Figure 1 using the required dimensions of Figure 2? (It can be on either side of the toilet)
Water closet
Figure 2 (UFAS Figure 28)


Water closet
Figure 3

Is the water closet between 15 and 19 inches high measured from the top of the toilet seat to the finished floor?

Is there structural reinforcement?

Note: NYCHA provides grab bars in all accessible units. Structural reinforcement is not an issue.











Figure 5 (UFAS Fig. 29) implies to some that the grab bar behind the water closet must be 36 in. long.  However, the figure is meant to be used with the floor plans in UFAS Fig. 28. This figure shows both 48 in. and 60 in. wide toilet area. The additional 12 in. shown in Fig. 29 is intended only for use with the 60 in. plan to help people who need support on the open side. In the NYCHA bathroom plans, only 24 in. grab bar is required.  

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If provided, are grab bars installed at the locations shown in Fig. 5?

Figure 5. (UFAS Fig. 29)


It is best to locate the dispenser low enough that when a full roll is added, there is at least 3 inches of space to the underside of the grab bar. Do not locate the toilet paper above the grab bar because it bocks access to the bar.
Grab bars at toilet Figure 6
Is the toilet paper installed within reach as shown in Fig. 7? 
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Figure 7. (UFAS Fig. 29)

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